Julianne Mundle @JulianneMundle@leonicka Hi @leonicka, I noticed that you are not interested in manuscripts that “teach a lesson.” Are you able to elaborate on what you mean by that please?
GREAT Q! I want books that kids will pick up for themselves and share with their friends, not books that their parents/teachers will force them read so they learn to share or the value of teamwork or something. I’m not a fan of didactic texts. #askagent
Carly Watters @carlywattersA reminder I do Monday videos on my IG stories and cover 1 topic every week.
Today: authors and social media.
Link: instagram.com/stories/carlyw… pic.twitter.com/dJQDuvkdoF
Alyssa M. Perez S @lavamermaid@UweStenderPhD I've been genuinely curious if you as an agent pass on a query but then one day later that book you passed on gets published... Do you usually read it or not want to?
No, I get about 50 queries a day on average, so admittedly, sadly, I wouldn't even know. BUT, if I offered and the writer picked another agent, I would love to, and do, read it.
Catherine Eli @TheCatherineEli@UweStenderPhD What do you wish you could see more of in your inbox for YA right now? Thanks!
Friendship stories. A brilliant retelling of a clasdic novel or fairytale.
CJ Simone @CJSimone333@UweStenderPhD Advice is to make POV voices distinct, but can they be too distinct? Some readers/agents have had a strong preference for one POV voice in my stories. Also, is it a problem if voice is too different across stories (for developing fan base)? Thanks!
I don't know, I don't know the project. PERSONALLY, the more distinct the better.
Burak @BrianNBurak@UweStenderPhD @Michelle4Laughs Is there anything you see a lot in queries that is a common mistake writers make or something that is immediately disqualifying?
Lucie Frost @LucieHFrost@UweStenderPhD For a NF humor book...do you (or most agents) want a MS or proposal? I know NF is proposal, but didn't know if humor is different.
I personally would want a proposal, but I cannot speak for others.
Craig Noles (CN Scott) @CNScott4@UweStenderPhD A book I read about querying said to consider stopping after 50 rejections. What are you thoughts on that? Thanks!
I would stop after you went through all "legitimate" agents. Sadly it's not necessarily clear what "legitimate" means. But I would not go by a specific number. At Triada, you have 6. I am certain you can get to more than 50.
Justin Kownacki @JustinKownacki@UweStenderPhD @LLAWrites What happens if you read something you like, but which you don't think you can sell? (e.g., a bad fit for your go-to publishers, wrong time for the genre, not in your specific wheelhouse, etc.)
I will pass.
Sara Kruger @sarakruger@UweStenderPhD @Michelle4Laughs Is it ever ok to use a best selling book by a prolific author as a comp?
As long as you don't say "I am the next xyz,"all is well. In nonfiction, your comps actually preferably be against the bestsellers...so it depends on genre, too.
Lori Keckler (Wear Your Mask!) @LoriKeckler@UweStenderPhD On the practice of submitting to a different agent at the same agency after 1 has turned you down: have you ever heard of a writer finding their agent this way? For some reason, I'm shy to query like that. Danke!
Yes, as long as the agency does not object. If you write YA, for instance, query me- if I pass, go to the other 5, one after the other, just don't do it simultaneously. A NO is an individual NO, not an agency wide NO here.
Bonnie Maisen is brainstorming @BonnieMaisen@UweStenderPhD @Michelle4Laughs 1. What are the qualities of a good hook?
2. If a writer has no writing credits, how much information is useful in the bio section of a query?
1. Essentially, it's personal. I may get hooked on something, and another agent won't. Some people like Taylor Swift's music, I prefer Rihanna's.
2. Just say something general about you <i.e. I live in xyz with my pets.. >
RealCRich @RealCRich@UweStenderPhD How would agents receive ensemble casts? Collection of short stories but written as a novel?
I personally would find the odds against it high. I would only rep current clients for those, as publishers generally don't seem to want to buy such projects. YET, there may be agents who would disagree with me and love just THAT.
Michelle Renee Stimpson @Stimpy8@UweStenderPhD When providing comp titles in a query, I imagine the more recent m, the better, but what's the cut-off? When is a comp title too outdated?
I don't know, it depends on the project. I wouldn't worry about it too much as long as the comps are still relevant.